Osteoporosis Specialist

Washington Healthcare Center

Internists & Podiatrists located in Pasadena, CA

Osteoporosis is a common health condition where your bones become porous and weak, increasing your risk of a fracture. If you’re concerned about your bone health, contact Dr. Marina Manvelyan, Dr. Gregor Paronian, and Dr. Michael Avakian at Washington Healthcare Center in Pasadena, California. They offer expert diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Call or book online today.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a serious and common bone disease that develops when your body doesn’t produce enough new bone to keep up with bone loss. It causes your bones to become weak and brittle, which significantly increases your risk of experiencing a fracture.

Osteoporosis is more common in older patients and typically goes undiagnosed until you unexpectedly break a bone.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

One of the first signs of osteoporosis is a loss in height or a stooped posture. You might also experience back pain from a fractured or collapsed vertebra.

You may unexpectedly break a bone by doing something as simple as assisting yourself to a seated position when you wake up in the morning.

What causes osteoporosis?

Your bones are living tissue and they're in a constant state of renewal. However, you reach your peak bone mass in your 20s, and as you get older, you produce fewer and fewer bone cells. Eventually, you start losing more bone than your body produces. Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • Female sex
  • Age
  • Family history
  • Body frame
  • Hormone levels
  • Low calcium intake
  • Eating disorder
  • Certain medications, such as chemotherapy
  • Certain health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

The doctors at Washington Healthcare Center diagnose osteoporosis with a physical exam and a bone density scan. This painless test uses low levels of X-ray radiation to assess the amount of minerals in your bones. Your doctor typically checks your wrist, hip, and spine for density loss.

How is osteoporosis treated?

If you’re diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are medications, including bisphosphonates, that can reduce your risk of fracturing a bone. Your doctor might suggest hormone therapy to slow bone loss due to lowered estrogen levels during menopause.

You can also make lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of falling, such as wearing low-heeled shoes with slip-resistant bottoms and clearing your home of loose rugs or electrical wires. Your doctor may also suggest physical therapy to improve your strength and balance and reduce your risk of falling.

If you’re concerned about osteoporosis and fractures, call or schedule an appointment online today.